FCS is proud to honor former FCS Board Chair Dolores Klein, long-time Board member Donald Bush and the philanthropic rock group, The Docs of Rock, at our 2017 FCS Leading Lights Gala, Saturday, October 14 at Navesink Country Club in Middletown, NJ. The Honorees are being recognized for their tireless advocacy on behalf of the agency, its Mission and those we serve.
“This year’s honorees demonstrate the very best in our community,” FCS Board Chair Paul Stach explains “Individuals willing to commit their time and resources to improve the lives of others. We are honored to be the recipient of their longstanding generosity and enduring kindness.”
Honoree Dolores Klein has been a part of the FCS family for 14 years. Dolores first volunteered with the FCS Gala Committee in 2001 and quickly ascended to the agency’s Board of Directors where she served from 2002-2016, including two years as Board Chair. A gifted and talented event planner, Dolores chaired the FCS annual Gala three times, including its 100th Anniversary Gala Celebration in 2009. As Board Chair, she was also responsible for successfully shepherding FCS through difficult times in the wake of the financial crisis of 2008, ensuring that the 108-year-old agency would endure for years to come.
Honoree Don Bush recently stepped down from the FCS Board of Directors after nearly 18-years of service. A retired executive with CHUBB insurance, Don brought his substantial professional experience to bear while on the Board, especially in matters of finance, planning and Human Relations. Don served on the Board’s Finance, Program and Strategic Planning, and Personnel committees and could always be counted on ask the key questions while responding to challenges with wisdom and insight.
The Docs of Rock use their extraordinary talents to raise funds for many Monmouth County non-profits. Made up entirely of Doctors, band members include lead guitarist Lawrence Sykoff, Ed.D, headmaster emeritus at Ranney School, orthopedic surgeon and bass guitarist Dr. David Lessing, M.D., dermatologist and drummer Dr. Kenneth Grossman, M.D., and pain management specialist and keyboardist Dr. Scott Woska, M.D. The four, along with several talented vocalists, perform exclusively at charitable events to raise money for non-profit organizations throughout Monmouth County, including The Parker Family Health Clinic, Oasis Autism, The Beauty Foundation, Lunch Break, and the Monmouth Day Care Center. Since forming in 2013, the band has helped raise more than $500,000 for community charities including more than $5,000 for FCS holiday-giving program Operation Sleighbells. The funds raised were used to support the program’s operations and to purchase toys, books, winter coats, hats and gloves, gift cards and infant necessities for approximately 2,000 vulnerable children and their families during the 2016 holiday season.
This year’s Gala committee, led by co-chairs and FCS Board members Madonna Goss Robinson and Joanne Sadowsky, has put together an enjoyable evening of dinner and dancing to the music of New Life Crisis, as well as live and silent auctions. The Leading Lights Gala is FCS’s largest annual fundraiser, proceeds of which are used to support essential community programs and services including adult protective services, home care for the disabled and elderly, homeless prevention services, and literacy and nutrition programs for school children in underserved communities. To learn more about sponsorship, underwriting and ad journal opportunities or to receive an invitation to the Leading Lights Gala, contact FCS Director of Development Diane Gribbin at 732-22-9111 ext. 134 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.